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The Trumpet provides a free home for Tottenville High School Alumni from all class years, offering stories and news from yesteryear to today.

Fathers Day

News Flash!!!

Attention Class of 1962:

Your Class Editor, Pat Naeder (Izzo) has now retired and we thank Pat for all her past work with the ‘62 Directory. If anyone is interested in taking over the care of the 1962 Class Directory, please contact me- Ellen ‘60 at

Best THS Regards,
Ellen ‘60

HI to all our readers.

We have started a new section:

"It's a Small World"

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If you would like to contribute, please send your writing to

We would all like to hear from you!

Arrivals & Passings

By Pat Reischour

Arrivals and Passings

Watch for frequent updates.

Mary Maureen Donohue

An old SI name:
Frank Scarangello, 89
CEO of Scaran Heating and Air Conditioning

THS, Class of '42. Also founding member of South Shore Band.
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FDNY NYPD Trumpet Taps
By Fontaine Piper

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Missing Classmates Lists

Old: Click on the year below to get to the appropriate list.

1958 1959

New: Click on the year below to get to that class directory, and concentrate on the "Unknown" status = Missing.

1956  1960  1961 1965  1966 1967

Class Reunion Information!!

Click on the Year (below) to get the latest info or see the pictures!

1956     1957

1958     1959

1960     1961

1963     1965

1966     1968

1970     1980

Sent in by: Mike Gorgia-the '78 Class Editor

Dr. Roger Solberg- Class of '71 THS

"The Trumpet" has received the following from Edinboro University in Edinboro, PA-honoring Dr. Roger Solberg-. Roger Solberg was a THS Graduate~ Class of 1971 and went on to achieve many Honors and Degrees.

Here is the entire communication:

Congratulations to Dr. Solberg!

Pompeii - Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius

Animation made for the Melbourne Museum ,
which This file recreates how the eruption
of Mt. Vesuvius and the destruction of Pompeii.
You can witness the eruption of
a volcano of over 2000+ years ago.....
Be alert to EVERYTHING ( sights & sounds) that
is happening including:
1. The clouds gliding by,
2. The birds fleeing,
3. The dogs barking,
4. The first steaming of the volcano,
5. The earthquakes,
6. The tiles falling from the roofs because of the earthquakes,
7. The sky turning dark with volcanic debris,
8. The accumulating debris on the roofs,
9. The pyroclastic flows coming down the left side of the mountain,
10.The fires,
11. The buildings collapsing,
12. The pyroclastic flows overcoming the city,
13. The end of the city...... :-(
And be sure to Go Full-Screen. History Buffs will be fascinated


Maxine - Charcoal then comes the Gas

Maxine - Vac Guest Rooms


Pasta had not been invented. It was macaroni or spaghetti.
Curry was a surname.
A takeout was a mathematical problem.
Pizza? Sounds like a leaning tower somewhere.
Bananas and oranges only appeared at Christmas time.
All chips were plain.
A Big Mac was what we wore when it was raining.
Brown bread was something only poor people ate.
Oil was for lubricating, fat was for cooking.
Tea was made in a teapot using tea leaves and never green.
Cubed sugar was regarded as posh.
Chickens didn't have fingers in those days.
None of us had ever heard of yogurt.
Healthy food consisted of anything edible.
Cooking outside was called camping.
Seaweed was not a recognized food.
'Kebab' was not even a word, never mind a food.
Sugar enjoyed a good press in those days, and was regarded as being white gold.
Prunes were medicinal.
Surprisingly muesli was readily available. It was called cattle feed.
Pineapples came in chunks in a tin; we had only ever seen a picture of a real one.
Water came out of the tap.
If someone had suggested bottling water and charging more than gasoline for it they would have become a laughing stock.
The three things that we never ever had on/at our table in the fifties... was elbows, hats and cell phones!

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Note From Rick Hummers

I have purchased three Staten Island specific books from Arcadia Publishing that might interest others? They are all about 7"x10" format, nice heavy glossy paper and are mostly, well captioned, photos. I purchased them on, paperback cover for about $17.00 each.

Then and Now - Staten Island ISBN 978-0-7385-4495-3
Staten Island Ferry ISBN 978-1-4617-2195-8
Staten Island Rapid Transit ISBN 978-1-4671-2338-9

Arcadia Publishing
Charleston, South Carolina

Rick Hummers

My late younger brother, James and I attended Tottenville High School (so did my older sister Peggy and brother Michael). I have written a book that was just published and thought you may want to let other classmates know about it. It is called:

The life and death of Jimmy Zappalorti

Words Take Flight Books

- Robert T. Zappalorti

I doubt you have ever seen anything like this!

Flying Over America - Simply Beautiful!

- Lee Shake

Are You Starving Your Brain

Sent in by Werner: "B12, seems to work".

Subject: Heteronyms & Homographs

Homographs are words of like spelling but with more than one meaning.

A homograph that is also pronounced differently is a heteronym.

You think English is easy?

Someone put in some time to assemble this!

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.
2) The farm was used to produce produce.
3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4) We must polish the Polish furniture.
5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10) I did not object to the object.
11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
13) They were too close to the door to close it.
14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.
15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Let's face it...English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square, and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down; in which you fill in a form by filling it out, and in which an alarm goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.

P.S. - Why doesn't 'Buick' rhyme with 'quick'?

Click this icon to read Pat Naeder's "Medical Advisor" article for February.

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By Pat Naeder

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The Trumpet
 wishes these friends a very 
Happy Birthday!

(To get on our Birthday List, please email Ellen (Lutter) Petersen)

(If your Birthday is in these months,
the animated Happy Birthday icon)

  Happy Birthday

Present      June
1) Catherine Fekety(Borden) THS'66
1) Julius(Sonny) Loops'53
3) Charles Enz'53
3) Lynn Hicking (Mitchell) '65
3) Jean Gutsen'68
3) Sandra A. Gonzalez(Sierra) '68
3) Millie Staplefeldt Curtis'63
5) Vernon Ball THS'60
5) Barbara Fricke(Patterson) '63
5) Susan O'Brien(Pearsall) '71
6) Jim Muntz'67
7) Bob Evola'68
9) Mary Caputo(Ruzicka) '60
9) Bill Grimes'68
10) Phyllis Talbot(Johnsen) '61
10) Barbara Hatton(Decker) '69
13) Henry Cruz'67
14) Judie Steadman(Arneth) '76
14) Gina Cariffe'79
14) Roy Hansen'61
14) Fred Weeman'60
16) Lila Shaw(Myauzy) '60
16) Barbara Enz(Howard) '56
16) Dave Irish'65
17) Violet AnnSmith(MacTavish) '60
18) Joan Alvino(Abbey) '57
19) Douglas Fink'60
19) Constance Scozzare(Cook) '67
20) Herb Herr'37
20) Grace Brown(Rendina) '58
20) Irene Baur (Seltzer) 'NDHS 72
21) Carol Bojanowski(Orlando) '60
21) Ben Baltrukovicz'59
21) Mike Anderson'60
21) Judy Hall(Santos) '57
22) Roger Moren'61
23) Karen Lorentzen(Grant) '55
23) Jon Fiorella'65
25) Genevieve Petersen'54
26) Peter Nilsson'57
26) Joe Scalici'65
26) Joeseph I. Maza'67
27) Richard Sharrott'57
28) Dennis Nisi'62
29) Suzan Fay(Masoomian) '65
29) Elaine Bertan'67
30) Barbara Merritt(Sawler) '57

Present      JULY
2)Linda Kuczera (Margolis) THS '65
2)Irene Grant (Peterson)'55
4)Ed Pearson'60
5)John V. Burnham '60
7)Diane Ryan (Yervasi)'68
8)Peggy Wanaselja (Muntz)'67
8)Rose Destefani (Taylor)'52
9)Grace Hall (O'Keefe) '60
11)Dianne Muller (wife of Charles Muller THS '60)
13)MaryAnn Santulli (Palmer)'69
14)Stephen Szasz '60
15)Ben Bardes '60
15)Margaret Porter (Pluta)'60
15)Linda Heinbockle (Huegli)'59
16)Ruth Burney (Doran)'67
16)Elizabeth Pantzer (Hauber) '62
17)Carmelia Vaiana (Morrissey)'58
19)Marion Taylor (McClarin) '58
19)Bruce Erickson'59
20)Eloise Koenig '60
20)Marsha Pierce (Cox)'59
21)Charles "Chuck" Bourne '59
22)Peter Gunther'60
23)Patricia "Trish" Messana (Cirigliano-Vitale) '65
23)Doris Odson (Whitman)'56
24)Joanne Irish (wife of David Irish- THS '65)
25)Joanne Greten (Carlsen) '61
27)Lester Taylor'58
27)Joyce Appelt (Simonson)'60
27)Rosemarie Minarik (Karr) '57
29)Frank Malta'59
29)Bill Welcher'65
29)Henri Bulterman'67
29)William Hooley'69
30)Patsy Garrigan (Morris) '57
30)Alan "Al" Carey'67
31)Bob Simmons '60

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